As reported by the W2RO, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan has proposed an $80.7 billion budget, which includes an environmental initiative that may drastically affect the Ontario waste and recycling industry. The proposal aims to increase landfill tipping fees by a staggering 1289%, generating $80 million in new revenue for environmental cleanups and landfill management.

The fee under Whitmer’s proposed budget, would increase from $0.36/ton solid waste to $5/ton.

For Ontario-based companies, this could mean significantly higher disposal costs, potentially affecting operational expenses and competitiveness. It may necessitate exploring alternative disposal sites, investing in waste reduction technologies, or passing increased costs onto customers. This development underscores the importance of tackling Ontario’s Landfill Capacity crisis immediately.